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Palatine man charged with shooting neighbor’s dog

Piotr Holy  |   Palatine Police photo

Piotr Holy | Palatine Police photo

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Updated: February 14, 2013 1:20AM

A Palatine man was charged with animal cruelty for shooting his neighbor’s dog, which was lured to his yard by a deer carcass. He allegedly told police he thought the dog was a coyote.

Piotr Holy, 40, initially denied that he shot Willy, a neighbor’s 9-year-old German shepherd mix who apparently trotted into his backyard to investigate the deer carcass on Holy’s property in the 1100 block of South Brockway Street, Palatine Police said.

Holy later admitted that he shot the dog, thinking it was a coyote, according to a new release from Palatine Police. He allegedly told police that he used the carcass to lure coyotes to his backyard, where he would shoot them.

Willy’s owner, a 31-year-old Palatine woman, called police about 1:45 a.m. Friday, the release said. The dog got away from her when she was trying to leash him. As she was calling him to come back, she heard what she thought was a single gunshot.

She found her dog bleeding in a yard in the 1100 block of South Smith Street and carried him home, then drove him to an animal hospital in Arlington Heights, the release said. The dog died during surgery.

Palatine police confirmed the dog had been shot with a small-caliber bullet after viewing X-rays and speaking with medical staff, the release said.

Holy was charged with one count of felony aggravated cruel treatment of an animal, as well as obstructing a peace officer and reckless conduct, the release said. He also was charged with unlawfully discharging a firearm while hunting within 300 yards of an inhabited dwelling without permission.

Police confiscated two .22 caliber rifles from his home, police said. Holy was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Thursday at the Maywood courthouse.

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